Creating a casual and pretty fall tablescape doesn’t have to be expensive. Use items you have on hand, make a few diy pieces, and choose a simple color palette to put together a festive look for fall.
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I always like to have a vision in mind before I start putting a tablescape together. Once I have an idea of how I want it to look, I begin sorting through dishware and accessories that I have to determine which pieces will work for the look I want.
Styling a Casual Fall Tablescape
What’s the best way to put together a casual tablescape? My biggest tip is to use items you have on hand and mix and match for different looks each year. I try to avoid buying new seasonal items when I can. Most years for fall table settings, I use a combination of items I’ve purchased in previous years. Alternating pieces helps to create a new look for each new fall season.
Determine your color scheme
- Choose 2 to 3 colors for your fall tablescape decor
- Using neutrals as a base makes it easier to add in pops of your chosen colors
- Use accessories like chargers or napkin rings to add color
- Layer the complementary colors
I started with a neutral linen table runner and added pumpkin designed plate chargers that I’ve used in previous years for this fall table setting. One that I enjoyed putting together was done using turquoise and amber with these chargers.
Layering white dinner plates with smaller bread plates gives each place setting more dimension. The white plates are so versatile and I use them frequently. Mine were purchased at the Dollar Tree and I’ve had them for a number of years. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how durable they are.
Dress up your napkins
Adding color to a set of neutrals napkins is easy to do with napkin rings or by using strips of ribbon. For these, I found ribbon at Joann Fabrics and Crafts that perfectly matches the pumpkin chargers. This was the only new purchase I made for this year’s casual fall tablescape. A simple way to dress up the napkins is to fold into into a triangle, fold the sides to the center, and place a strip of ribbon over it, folding it around the top and bottom.
Did you see my casual fall centerpiece for our breakfast nook table? I shared the details of using a thrift store find basket, candle holders, and inexpensive cloth pumpkins to put it together. It’s filled with neutral and green pumpkins to match the chargers.
Often, I’ll use colored glasses for seasonal table settings, but I wanted to keep the colors to a minimum for this one. I opted to use Irish coffee glasses to go with the casual look of this. The silver coasters were ones that I painted and used for an Easter tablescape last spring. The small green pumpkin dishes are ones that I found at the dollar spot at Target a few years ago. Silver flatware completes the look.
Creating pretty seasonal tablescapes can be expensive, but by using items I have on hand, adding thrift store find makeovers, and alternating pieces year to year is a great way to keep it all budget friendly!
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Creating a Casual Fall Tablescape on a Budget